Poll books 1705-1722

Before the 1834 Reform Act, voters in Bucks outside the parliamentary boroughs elected 2 MPs. Voting took place at Aylesbury over several days, and had to be done in person. There was no secret ballot. The qualification was freehold property worth 40s (at medieval values) but Winslow had very little freehold so there were few voters, although some Winslow men got a vote through owning freehold property elsewhere. Bucks had over 4,000 voters in all. Poll books were printed after the election, recording who had voted for which candidates. See the History of Parliament website for more information.


1705

Candidates (those in bold were elected):
Whigs: Robert Dormer, Sir Richard Temple
Tory: William Cheyne, Visct. Newhaven
Robert Lowndes esq., Rev. John Crofts, Thomas Blake gent.and Richard Bigg gent., voted for Cheyne.
William Gyles and Daniel Gyles voted for Dormer and Temple.


1710

Candidates:
Tories: John Verney (Viscount Fermanagh) and Sir Henry Seymour
Whigs: Sir Edmund Denton and Richard Hampden

Robert Lowndes esq. and Rev. John Crofts voted for Fermanagh and Seymour.
William Gyles sr and jr, Daniel Gyles and Samuel Norman (all Baptists) voted for Denton and Hampden.


1713

Candidates:
Tories: John Verney (Viscount Fermanagh) and John Fleetwood
Whigs: Sir Edmund Denton and Richard Hampden

Robert Lowndes esq., Rev. John Crofts and Richard Bigg, gent., voted for Fermanagh and Fleetwood.
Daniel Gyles and Samuel Norman voted for Denton and Hampden.


1722

Candidates:
Tory: Montague Garrard Drake
Government Whig: Sir Thomas Lee
Independent Whig: Fleetwood Dormer

Robert Lowndes esq. and Thomas Blake voted for Drake and Lee.
Daniel Gyles, Rev. James Edmonds and Thomas Foster (Baptist, qualified through property at Stewkley) voted for Dormer.


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